Bieber came out with a video apology today for all the shit that has been going down in his life for the last 2 years or so. True to form, the media was all over it, was this a real apology, did this mean he was over his bad boy days, was he sincere? I don’t even particularly enjoy his music but he was born and raised in Canada and I have always thought him to be a kind-hearted, Canadian kid. Like any other celebrity the rise to fame is a high and the tear down brutal and if he/she survives the scars are deep. But make a sincere public apology and all is forgiven, well mostly.
Here is how I look at the Bieber situation. Have you ever read his twitter comments? Of course there are the adoring fans but there are thousands of haters and they are cruel. He gets hundreds of kill yourself, go kill yourself, kill yourself already, die, your gay and one I read today I am going to shoot you, and those are not the most disgusting ones I have read. I have seen his image photoshopped onto sexual images and posted to his social media accounts.
Any other teen ( I understand that he is almost 21 but this has been going on in his life for many years.) that was bombarded with those comments would be considered to be cyber bullied. And we take that very seriously, don’t we? . I don’t believe it is any different for Bieber, he is cyber bullied relentlessly on social media. He is constantly ridiculed by late night shows, cartoons, rag magazines, entertainment shows etc.. In the words of Dr. Phil, “I don’t ask myself why I ask myself why not.”
Any teen I have read about that has been the on receiving end of brutal cyber bullying is in distress and emotional torment, often suicidal. We are losing teens to suicide way to frequently because of cyber-bulling. There is no way you can be subjected to all that and not be effected and in turn act out.
Bieber is no different then any typically developing teen despite his celebrity status. In fact, when you combine cyber bulling with celebrity life and living your teen years in the spotlight he really has no where to hide. Of course he is going to make mistakes, poor choices and stupid decisions but what teen doesn’t?Bieber gets called on them not only by his parents but by practically the entire world.
So, next time you hear someone or yourself tearing him down remember he is a victim of unimaginable cyber bulling. “Haters gonna hate, hate hate” but victims are going to suffer endless emotional pain.